Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It (1860)

The oldest surviving aerial photo

“Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It,” the first recorded aerial photograph. Depicts area resembling Old South Meeting House; Milk Street; India Wharf, Central Wharf; and vicinity. It was taken by the early American photographer James Wallace Black (February 10, 1825 – January 5, 1896) on October 13, 1860. Medium: Albumen silver print from glass negative. Dimensions: Image: 18.5 x 16.7 cm (7 5/16 x 6 9/16 in.), irregularly trimmed Mount: 20.3 x 17 cm (8 x 6 11/16 in.), irregularly trimmed. Credit Line: Gilman Collection, Purchase, Ann Tenenbaum and Thomas H. Lee Gift, 2005. Image source: Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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